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American Cheese Slices [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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The same classic American cheese taste you grew up with: mild, firm, and satisfying. This creamy, golden-hued cheese is perfect sliced on sandwiches and crackers.

American Cheese Slices [Vegan, Gluten-Free]


1 1-pound block

Cook Time



For the Cheese:

  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked, drained, and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water, filtered
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons chopped red onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

For the Agar Gel:

  • 1/2 cup cold water, filtered
  • 4 teaspoons agar powder


  1. Place all the cheese ingredients in a blender. Process until smooth and creamy. Leave the cheese mixture in the blender.
  2. To make the agar gel, whisk the cold water and the agar together in a saucepan. Let it soak for 5 minutes then bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer, whisking often, for 5 to 8 minutes, to activate the agar. Once the agar mixture is ready, quickly transfer it to the cheese mixture in the blender and process until it becomes homogenous. Pour the mixture into a container and cover. Refrigerate until firm and set, at least 2 to 4 hours.
  3. Wrap the cheese in waxed paper and store in a sealed container. Will keep, refrigerated, for 1 to 2 weeks.

Nutritional Information

Total Calories: 747 | Total Carbs: 62 g | Total Fat: 44 g | Total Protein: 30 g | Total Sodium: 2364 g | Total Sugar: 11 g


Soaking the cashews in water for 4 to 8 hours makes the puree creamier and easier to process. It is required in recipes with low water content, such as cheeses.

Excerpted from VEGAN CHEESE: Simple, Delicious, Plant-Based Recipes by Jules Aron. Copyright © 2017. Used with permission of the publisher, Countryman Press. All rights reserved.






Don't be intimidated by the idea of making cheese ― vegan cheese is simple and straight-forward, with clean, basic ingredients. Here, green-lifestyle expert Jules Aron shares the tricks of the trade for making sauces, cheese you can grate or slice, and soft spreadable options, using homemade nut milks, vegetables, and natural helpers like lemon juice, probiotics, agar-agar, and nutritional yeast.



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9 Months Ago

Many thanks for this fantastic cheese recipe - so looking forward to making it. Really appreciate you sharing this with us who miss conventional cheese - but not the side effects of cows milk! Cheers and thanks again x


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